Augsburg 0-1 Bayern Munich: A tale of two penalties wins it for out-of-sorts champions

Augsburg 0-1 Bayern Munich: A tale of two penalties wins it for out-of-sorts champions

Bayern Munich’s luck was in as a story of two penalties was the main tale in their 1-0 win over Augsburg in Tuesday’s Bundesliga contest. Robert Lewandowski calmly slotted home from the spot after 13 minutes at Augsburg Arena and missed a glut of chances in a first half dominated by the champions. It was a completely different outlook for Bayern after the break, though, and Hansi Flick’s side were left breathing a sigh of relief when Alfred Finnbogason struck the post with a penalty of his own 15 minutes from time. The end result means Bayern remain four points clear at the top but Flick will want to see fewer of the Jekyll-and-Hyde performances that have been on display in recent weeks

Fabrizio Romano claims David Alaba joining Real Madrid, not Liverpool

Fabrizio Romano claims David Alaba joining Real Madrid, not Liverpool

Fabrizio Romano has claimed on Twitter that David Alaba has turned down the chance to join Liverpool and will move to Real Madrid in the summer of 2021 after leaving Bayern Munich. The versatile star is out of contract at defending German and European champions and will sign a pre-contract with Madrid in the coming weeks. David Alaba’s pre-contract with Real Madrid is ready since the beginning of January and it’s expected to be signed in the next weeks. His salary will be around €12m [after taxes] per season. #LFC made a top bid to sign him 2 weeks ago but… his dream is called Real Madrid. ⚪️ — Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 19, 2021 Romano, who is a well-known and well-respected journalist

Bayern Munich must prepare for life after David Alaba with defensive reinforcement

Bayern Munich must prepare for life after David Alaba with defensive reinforcement

Bayern Munich made a statement at the end of 2020 when they withdrew a contract offer from David Alaba, effectively accepting defeat and resigning themselves to losing their star on a free transfer. It's a gutsy move from Bayern, to say the least. Losing a defender of Alaba's calibre would hurt any top side, so to lose him on a free is twisting the knife even more. Not having a plan to replace him properly, however, that would be naïve. Despite securing the treble and being crowned champions of Europe in the 2019/20 season, Die Roten didn't enjoy the greatest of transfer windows last summer and are hurting as a result. By no means have the wheels fallen off, but failure to

Borussia Dortmund CEO claims Man Utd offer for Jadon Sancho ‘never existed’

Borussia Dortmund CEO claims Man Utd offer for Jadon Sancho 'never existed'

Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has claimed that Manchester United's offer of more than £100m for Jadon Sancho 'never existed in reality'. Reports over the summer suggested United were frustrated at the German side's refusal to budge on their €120m (£108m) asking price, and eventually directed their attention elsewhere after they offered to break the £100m barrier, but were still told no. But Watzke, speaking to German newspaper Kicker (as broken down by Sport Witness) says that United's offer was not as high as claimed. He also suggested that the two clubs were at odds over the terms of payment, as United preferred to pay the fee up over a period of years. “The alleged transfer fee often mentioned in the media never

Bayern Munich 5-2 Mainz: Player ratings as champions survive early scare

Bayern Munich 5-2 Mainz: Player ratings as champions survive early scare

Bayern Munich survived a brief scare to overcome Mainz with a second-half blitz, eventually easing to a 5-2 victory on Sunday evening. The visitors took a shock lead when Jonathan Burkardt raced clear of Bayern's flailing backline to fire in, with the hosts looking for a whistle that never came. That lead was doubled just before half time by Alexander Hack, whose brilliant header soared past the outstretched arms of Manuel Neuer. Mainz's lead was cancelled out quickly in the second half by Bayern, with Joshua Kimmich nodding in at the back post following his own great work on the right before Leroy Sane levelled it up with a low curler from the edge of the box. Any hope of an upset for

Marcus Thuram Faces Lengthy Ban After Spitting at Opponent in Bundesliga

Marcus Thuram Faces Lengthy Ban After Spitting at Opponent in Bundesliga

Borussia Monchengladbach striker Marcus Thuram could be set for a long suspension after being sent off for spitting at opponent Stefan Posch on Saturday. The 23-year-old is highly rated as one of Europe's most exciting forwards, but his latest actions have caused a widespread backlash, including from his own teammates, following his dismissal. An enraged Thuram deep in conversation  The incident occurred in the 79th minute of Gladbach's clash with Hoffenheim, when an altercation between Thuram and Posch led to the Frenchman spitting in the face of the defender. The forward has been slammed for his petulant action, given the particularly precarious nature of the current global situation amid the coronavirus outbreak. Players are living in a much different world to their usual surroundings, where

Bayer Leverkusen 1-2 Bayern Munich: Player Ratings as Die Roten Come From Behind Again

Bayer Leverkusen 1-2 Bayern Munich: Player Ratings as Die Roten Come From Behind Again

Bayern Munich kept up the habit of coming from behind as they beat Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 at the BayArena on Saturday thanks to two goals from Robert Lewandowski. The visitors went behind to a hip-height volley from Patrik Schick that would've looked at home on the Puskas Award shortlist, while Bayern struggled to assert themselves in the game. However, the newly crowned The Best FIFA Men's Player Lewandowski benefitted from a mix-up between keeper Lukas Hradecky and Jonathan Tah to nod home the equaliser shortly before half-time. Lewandowski then stole it at the death, as his stoppage-time strike made it 19 games unbeaten and takes Bayern above Leverkusen at the summit of the Bundesliga. Here are the Bayern Munich player ratings. Neuer watching Schick's strike

Giovanni Reyna on Life at Borussia Dortmund & His Ambition to Be Among the Best

Giovanni Reyna on Life at Borussia Dortmund & His Ambition to Be Among the Best

Giovanni Reyna has admitted moving to Borussia Dortmund and being away from his family was initially tough. But now settled in Germany, he's intent on become one of the top ten footballers on the planet. The 18-year-old moved to the Bundesliga club in 2019 to link up with the academy, but having impressed in his short time with the youth side, he made his senior bow in January 2020. In making his debut, he broke a record previously set by Christian Pulisic to become the youngest American play in the Bundesliga. Speaking on The Players' Tribune, Reyna confessed moving from New York City FC at such a young age was difficult, but that the Dortmund supporters made him feel welcome. Reyna is a

Bayern Munich Monitoring Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong

Bayern Munich Monitoring Barcelona's Frenkie de Jong

Bayern Munich have reached out to the agent of Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong to gauge the likelihood of a future move to the Allianz Arena. The German side were interested in landing De Jong when he left Ajax in 2019, but the midfielder ultimately sealed a £65m move to Camp Nou and recently signed a new long-term contract at Barcelona to commit himself to the club until 2026. De Jong has a huge contract with Barcelona  Barcelona have long been adamant that De Jong is going to be a core part of the future, and according to Mundo Deportivo, Bayern are well aware of that, but they are also conscious of the current financial difficulties in which Barcelona find themselves. The Spanish side

Bayern Munich Are Starting to Show They Are Human – In Defence at Least

Bayern Munich Are Starting to Show They Are Human - In Defence at Least

The sight of a goal whizzing past Manuel Neuer is such a rarity that Bayern Munich's number one instinctively raises an arm to protest the figure that has dared to score against him. However, the famous Reklamierarm - arm of complaint - was replaced by a shriek of frustration as RB Leipzig drilled a trio of goals past Neuer in a helter-skelter 3-3 draw away to Bayern on Saturday. A brace from the timeless Thomas Muller rescued a point for the hosts but RB Leipzig were causing havoc with Bayern's infamously high line. Both Christopher Nkunku and Justin Kluivert were able to stay onside while some of Bayern's defenders stepped up and others dropped back in haphazard fashion for Leipzig's two goals